Introducing...Rubén González

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Once the piano player alongside the Cuban music giant Arsenio Rodriguez, Ruben Gonzalez found his talent neglected and forgotten, and didn't even have a piano when he was approached by Ry Cooder and Juan de Marcos Gonzalez for the Buena Vista sessions. But rumors of Don Ruben's arthritis were greatly exaggerated, as his triumphant "introduction" amply demonstrates. His first solo album, at the ripe old age of 77, portrays a true master: Gonzalez is steeped in Cuban music, jazz, and the classics, and his technique is elegance itself. This instrumental set captures the warm, easygoing grace of Buena Vista Social Club, with Gonzalez's fleet fingerings creating an ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Once the piano player alongside the Cuban music giant Arsenio Rodriguez, Ruben Gonzalez found his talent neglected and forgotten, and didn't even have a piano when he was approached by Ry Cooder and Juan de Marcos Gonzalez for the Buena Vista sessions. But rumors of Don Ruben's arthritis were greatly exaggerated, as his triumphant "introduction" amply demonstrates. His first solo album, at the ripe old age of 77, portrays a true master: Gonzalez is steeped in Cuban music, jazz, and the classics, and his technique is elegance itself. This instrumental set captures the warm, easygoing grace of Buena Vista Social Club, with Gonzalez's fleet fingerings creating an intellectual, be-bop flavored mood even as his insistent rhythms and expansive melodies capture the heart and feet.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The most jazz-oriented of the elderly musicians in the Buena Vista Social Club, pianist Ruben Gonzalez was 77 at the time of this CD, his debut as a leader. Although he did not even own his own piano at the time, he plays brilliantly, performing a variety of traditional melodies plus two originals, often quoting other songs and really stretching himself. His chord voicings are distinctive and very inviting, his control of the piano is quite impressive, and the music sings its heart out. The CD was recorded spontaneously over a two-day period with Gonzalez mostly being the lead voice, assisted by trumpeter Manuel Mirabal who has some fine solos, bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, several percussionists, and occasionally three background singers. This set is impossible not to love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597947724
  • Catalog Number: 79477
  • Sales rank: 35,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Enganadora (2:32)
  2. 2 Cumbanchero (4:35)
  3. 3 Tres Lindas Cubanas (5:22)
  4. 4 Melodia del Rio (4:42)
  5. 5 Mandinga (8:28)
  6. 6 Siboney (2:32)
  7. 7 Almendra (9:53)
  8. 8 Tumbao (5:11)
  9. 9 Como Siento Yo (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rubén González Primary Artist, Piano
Robert Garcia Bongos, cowbell, Guiro
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Antonio Rodriguez Vocals
Alberto Valdés Maracas
Richard Egües Flute
Carlos González Conga
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal Trumpet
Antonio M. Rodriguez Choir, Chorus
Roberto García Conga, Multi Instruments, Guiro
Juan de Marcos González Conductor, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Amadito Valdés Timbales
Manuel "Puntillita" Licea Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Carlos Puisseaux Guiro
Technical Credits
Jerry Boys Engineer
Lucy Duran Interviewer
Nick Gold Producer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Antonio M. Rodriguez Contributor
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
Kathryn Samson Contributor, Cover Design, Sleeve Design
Juan de Marcos González Arranger
Abelardo Valdez Composer
Rafael Canchola Hernandez Composer
Rodriguez Fiffe Composer
Abelardito Valdes Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Enjoy Piano...

    If you enjoy listening to piano recordings, you MUST buy this cd. This man is amazing.

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